The Municipality of Cauayan Negros Occidental has a
rugged topography. Mt. Malipantao, considered the highest peak in Cauayan
Negros Occidental separates the municipality from the town of Candoni and
Sipalay City. The municipality consists mainly of the following slope
distribution: From gently sloping at zero-three percent or equivalent to
five thousand three hundred and sixty nine hectares to moderately sloping at
three-eight percent or a total of one thousand and fifty nine hectares to
rolling lands with slopes ranging from eight-eighteen percent which covers
to about one thousand seven hundred and sixteen hectares in Cauayan Negros
Occidental. Bigger portion is moderately steep with a slope distribution
ranging from eighteen to thirty percent having a total area of nineteen
thousand four hundred and nineteen hectares in Cauayan Negros Occidental.
However, large areas are steep and mountains with a slope thirty - fifty
percent which accounts to twenty one thousand one hundred and eighty one
hectares and to
very steep hills and mountains with a slope of over fifty percent which
covers to about three thousand two hundred and forty six hectares,
Moderately large areas of flat land center on the different barrios.
However, the southern part of the municipality is hilly. The Poblacion and
the twelve barangays along the seashore are approximately zero –three
degrees above sea level.
The municipality could be reached through public utility buses and jeeps
plying the route Cauayan Negros Occidental-Bacolod-Sipalay-Hinoba-an with
terminals in Bacolod City and sub-terminals in Kabankalan City on a
scheduled basis. Transportation facilities plying the route from Kabankalan
City to the different barangays and vice versa are public utility jeeps in
other growth centers aside from Poblacion. There are about five hundred and
twenty five unit of tricycles being utilized for short travel.
The municipality of Cauayan Negros Occidental is divided into two (2) school
districts, Cauayan I and Cauayan II which offer complete elementary and
secondary education. Coupled with this, it also offers non-formal education
to out-of-school youths. There are in the municipality sixty two elementary
schools, thirty one schools have complete elementary education and the
remaining thirty schools only catered to primary education. From these sixty
two elementary schools, twenty one are located along the highway and some
are near the seacoast of Cauayan Negros Occidental.
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